Wolverines Smash Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

April 30, 2010

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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Tennis Center)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Quarterfinals)
Score: #25 Michigan 4, Indiana 0
Records: Michigan (13-9, 8-2 Big Ten), Indiana (16-10, 5-5 Big Ten)
Next Event: Saturday, May 1 -- vs. No. 14 Illinois at Big Ten Tournament Semifinals (Bloomington, Ind.), 2 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, the No. 25-ranked University of Michigan men's tennis team defeated host Indiana, 4-0, on Friday (April 30) at the IU Tennis Center, advancing to face No. 14 Illinois in tomorrow's semifinals (Saturday, May 1). It was Michigan's second straight win over Indiana, having defeated the Hoosiers, 5-2, just five days ago in the regular-season finale.

In postseason play, the first team to four points wins, giving the doubles point utmost importance. The Wolverines came into Friday's quarterfinals having lost the doubles point in each of their last three matches but came through today as the No. 3 team of freshman Chris Cha (Eureka, Mo./University of Missouri H.S.) and junior Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) came off the court first with a defeat of Isade Juneau and Alex van Gils, 8-3, to give Michigan an early advantage for the point. The senior tandem of George Navas (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Preparatory) and Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, N.J./Laurel Springs Prep) gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with an 8-5 victory over Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer, snapping the U-M tandem's four-match losing skid.

Like the two teams' previous outing, Michigan looked in control in singles, taking the first set on each of the six courts. Navas defeated Gruter, 6-4, 6-2, to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Wolverines, and recently-crowned Big Ten Freshman of the Year Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) dispatched of Jeremy Langer, 6-4, 6-3, to push the score to 3-0. Cha then closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-3, win over Will Kendall, his second straight victory at No. 6, to seal the win for Michigan at 4-0.

Michigan returns to the IU Tennis Center tomorrow (Saturday, May 1) to face No. 2-seed Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. The two teams met only eight days ago in Champaign, Ill., with Illinois defeating Michigan, 5-2. The semifinal match will start at 2 p.m.

The following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 36 Jason Jung (U-M) v. Lachlan Ferguson (IU), 7-5, 2-5 (Abandoned)
No. 2 -- No. 119 Evan King (U-M) d. Jeremy Langer (IU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 -- Mike Sroczynski (U-M) v. Josh MacTaggart (IU), 6-4, 5-4 (Abandoned)
No. 4 -- George Navas (U-M) d. Santiago Gruter (IU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 -- Chris Madden (U-M) v. Isade Juneau (IU), 6-2, 3-6, 2-1 (Abandoned)
No. 6 -- Chris Cha (U-M) d. Will Kendall (IU), 6-4, 6-3

No. 1 -- Ferguson/MacTaggart (IU) v. No. 32 Jung/King (U-M), 6-3 (Abandoned)
No. 2 -- No. 90 Navas/Sroczynski (U-M) d. Langer/Gruter (IU), 8-5
No. 3 -- Cha/Madden (U-M) d. Juneau/van Gils (IU), 8-3

Order of Completion: Doubles 3-2, Singles, 4-2-6*


• All four quarterfinal matches in the Big Ten Tournament were won by the higher seed 4-0. Top-seed Ohio State will face No. 4-seed Wisconsin in the other semifinal.

• With the win, Michigan improves its record to 13-9 on the season.

• Friday's matchup between Michigan and Indiana was the 75th meeting in the all-time series. The Wolverines now hold a 60-14-1 record against the Hoosiers in dual-match play.

• Michigan has won eight of the last nine meetings against Indiana.

• Michigan won the doubles point for the 15th time this season (in 22 dual matches). The Wolverines are 11-4 when they win the doubles point and 2-5 when they do not.

• King's singles win at No. 2 was his 20th singles win of the season. He joins junior Jason Jung and Chris Madden in the 20-win club.

• Cha has won back-to-back matches for the third time this season. The last time he won back-to-back matches came Oct. 31 against Derek Peterson (Minnesota) and Nov. 1 against Ronnie Huelwicz (Michigan State) at the Big Ten Individuals in East Lansing, Mich.

• With the win over Indiana, Michigan is now over .500 in total singles wins with a 100-98 record. The Wolverines are 62-62 in dual-match singles play.


Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On the match against Indiana ... "I thought we played well. We had a good start in doubles and were able to get up a few breaks at Nos. 2 and 3. That certainly gave us a little surge going into singles. We thought the doubles point would be pretty important and thought we could get an edge, so that was nice to see. Our overall level of play was very good. I really challenged our guys this week to take Indiana very seriously. Beating them twice in a row, both at their place, isn't an easy thing to do."

On Chris Cha ... "Chris has been picking it up lately. It was good to see him play well and clinch the match for us today. He's been practicing well and consistent. The problem for him has been that the level of his play in matches isn't the same as in practice. In the matches, he wasn't handling the competitive pressure as well as he could have. After the match against Purdue, we really challenged him to no longer be a freshman. We believe in him, and felt it was time for him to bring his game up to the level that we know he is capable of."

On if the mindset changes between the regular season and the postseason ... "It shouldn't change much. The only thing I stressed is that if guys look around and see that a team is about to win or is in good position to win, just keep playing. Things can change in a match. That's the way we prepare. It's the postseason. Everybody needs to know they need to leave it all out there."

On facing Illinois again ... "They are good. We need to get a better start in doubles and be more aggressive. In singles, we have to understand they are a good team and they won't give it to us. We'll need to play aggressive if we want to close it out."

U-M Freshman Chris Cha
On what has changed his last two weeks ... "I definitely think my mentality has changed on the court in the way I have approached the matches. I think I have a stronger competitive presence throughout the whole match. I try not to let it linger and that's been the biggest change in my attitude."

On his first postseason ... "We go out there to win every point in every game. It's another match to me. I definitely get more amped up, because it's more exciting. If you lose, you are done and go home. There's a desperation feeling, I guess, because during the season, you may lose a match, but you come back next week and play another. It's one and done here."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423